This is my favorite time of year! In addition to it being my birthday, the trees are changing color, my fireplace is going to get some use soon and I get to go wild for Halloween!
Over the next week, there are almost too many Halloween festivities going on in Sacramentoto list. The following are just some of the highlights of activities located in or near East Sac, most of them family-friendly:
The Haunted Fort
The 4th annual series of lantern-guided tours of Sutter’s Fort.
Sutter’s Fort Historic Park, 2701 L Street; 6:30pm-9pm both days, starting every 10 minutes
Admission: $8 (adults), $6 (ages 6-17), free (5 and under)
(916) 445-4422, www.suttersfort.org/events-and-exhibits
Mansion After Dark
Visit the Governor’s Mansion when the lights are out via special self-guided tours.
Governor’s Mansion Historic State Park, 1526 H Street; 6pm-9pm both days
Admission: $6 (adults), $4 (ages 6-17), free (5 and under)
(916) 323-3047, www.parks.ca.gov/Events/EventDetail.aspx?id=4787
27th Annual Safe and Super Halloween
This year, Fairytale Town transforms into the magical world of The Hobbit.
Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive; 5pm-9pm all days
Tickets before Oct. 25: $7 (members), $10 (non-members); on and after Oct. 25: $9 (members), $12 (non-members)
(916) 808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org/events/27th-annual-safe-super-halloween-friday-through-sunday-october-25-26-27/
October 26, 2013:
Capitol Apocalypse 5K Zombie Run
Outrun zombies along the 3.1 mile course (or go as a zombie yourself). Survive the run, and you can enjoy a beer, live music, food truck and other vendors at the post-run “Apocalypse Party.”
Sutter’s Landing Regional Park, 20-28th Street: 8am-noon
Admission: $40 (runner), $15 (zombie); proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
(916) 668-9776, www.capitolapocalypse5k.com/
Haunted house, pumpkin patch, costume contests and more all weekend at Funderland.
Funderland Amusement Park, 1350 17th Ave.; 10am-6pm both days
Admission: free, $3 for trick-or-treating
(916) 456-0115, funderlandpark.com/events/
Boo at the Zoo
After the Sacramento Zoo closes, the ghouls come out (as well as candy, costume party, magic shows and games).
Sacramento Zoo, Land Park Dr. and Sutterville Road: 5pm-8pm both days
Admission: in advance, $10 (general), $8 (members), free (1 and under); day of, $12, free (1 and under)
(916) 808-5888, www.saczoo.org/page.aspx?pid=360
Halloween Search for the Black Cat Scavenger Hunt
Trick-or-treating at the East Sac Mercantile.
East Sac Mercantile, 3257 Folsom Blvd., 3pm-6pm.
Admission: free; (916) 718-7153